Patience Mantra

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Experiencing life as a personal affront and entertaining denial and anger is not only physically/mentally draining but also stresses the people around us. Accepting the situation and not taking it personally, on the other hand, not only eases our suffering mind but is kinder to others and a sets a good example. Our patience may be strengthened by contemplating the following mantra on waking each morning…

 

 


 

PATIENCE MANTRA

Having been born, we experience problems. Mundane or serious, the problems keep coming no matter how hard we labour to develop our capabilities and improve our circumstances. Loss, humiliation, and danger, are unavoidable facts of life; we cannot shield ourselves against these problems but we can choose how we face them.

When adversity strikes we can take it personally and react with denial and anger, or we can respond compassionately with patience and equanimity.  Experiencing life as a personal affront and entertaining denial and anger is not only physically/mentally draining but also stresses the people around us. Accepting the situation and not taking it personally, on the other hand, not only eases our suffering mind but is kinder to others and a sets a good example.

Our patience may be strengthened by contemplating the following mantra on waking each morning:

I will be fully present and accepting of what life brings me this day.
Whatever joys or sorrows I encounter, I will greet them with patience and
…..equanimity.
If the day brings difficulties, I will accept them wholeheartedly and work to resolve
…..them to the best of my ability.
I vow not to let anger and resentment cloud my vision and judgment.
I will strive to increase my capacity to bear my own difficulties so that I can develop
…..my love and compassion for others. [1]

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Notes

[1] ‘I will Accept What Happens Today Meditation’ by Madonna Gauding, Six Keys To Buddhist Living: Simple Rules For Joy And Peace Of Mind, Godsfield Press 2005. p. 62

[2] Image: ‘Resin Buddha (Sepia) by PJL 2014

 

 
 

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